Immunizations? Is it ok to immunize when child is teething or should one wait?

Erin - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is now over 2 and I've delayed the whole process of immunizing her, but recently felt that her immune system was mature enough to handle the rounds. (please do not judge) What I want to know is this- she is now getting her final back molars. They have just started cutting through. When teething, is it a bad time to immunize a child?

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Karen - posted on 05/21/2010

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my son was teething when he got his last set of shots - before he got them the dr gave him an exam to make sure it was okay for him to have them. they actually helped him through the teething imo because his shots make him sleep more..i agree with tracey though, give some tylenol and both will be covered. good luck in your choice :)

Linda - posted on 05/21/2010

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I would agree with Abbie and chose a time when they are not experiencing symptoms associated with the teething. The childs comfort is a good reason. Another good reason is so you will quickly be able to detect if they are having any bad reaction to the immunization without the confusion other symptoms could cause. And by the way, I also waited significantly longer than advised to immunize for exactly the same reason.

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Iridescent - posted on 05/21/2010

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When teething, yes. ANY infection (even a minor cold), no. Be willing to delay vaccinating by 1 week for an elevated temp on occasion. I fully believe in vaccinating, but they are not to be given to children that are ill, and that does include a cold, and I have seen many people give them regardless. Sometimes, this is a problem.

Tracey - posted on 05/21/2010

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I'm no doctor but I would give her the injections now as any pain releif she has for toothache will also work for the sore arm / leg wherever she gets jabbed.
No-one can judge you for doing what you feel is best for your child.

Abbie - posted on 05/21/2010

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health prof would say that it is not a prob but personally i would leave it till next week cause if they feel yucky i have never seen the point of doing something that will make them feel worse if you can leave it a week x

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